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Fargo Desmond Cain didn't know Scott Miller. The wide receiver on the North Dakota State football team didn't arrive in Fargo until after the longtime broadcaster's death. But Cain sure knows Miller's signature radio call. "My oh my," Cain said. That's a testament to the enduring impression Miller's impeccable voice has on Bison athletes and fans of NDSU. The play-by-play man died after a long battle with cancer in February 2016, but his voice lives on the highlight videos and radio montages scattered on the Internet.
One of the committee members helping plaster Minnesota Nice all over Super Bowl LII (that's 52 for all non-Romans reading this) is a Green Bay Packers fan from Wisconsin, even though she claims living in the Land of 10,000 Lakes for a paltry 25 years somehow qualifies her as a "Minnesotan." Sorry, Andrea Mokros, if I may be so bold as to speak for all Real Minnesotans: Nice try. You are not allowed to erase such ancestral deficiencies simply by having a certain address for only a quarter of a century. Once a 'Sconi, always a 'Sconi. We're nice, but not that nice.
Youngstown, Ohio The belief that Saturday's game between North Dakota State and Youngstown State was going to be a good old-fashioned slobberknocker was confirmed not only by the teams' play on the field, but by some extracurricular activity by Penguins' fans. After the Bison's RJ Urzendowski made an ESPN-worthy touchdown catch early in the second quarter—one hand, left-handed on a bullet throw to the corner of the end zone by Easton Stick—a Youngstown State fan threw a bowl of chili on the NDSU receiver as he was jogging back to the bench.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Is Bo Pelini a savior of troubled young men or a coach willing to give a convicted rapist an undeserved second chance? That's what it comes down to in the case of Ma'lik Richmond, a sophomore defensive end on Pelini's Youngstown State football team, which hosts North Dakota State on Saturday, Oct. 14. Pelini, not surprisingly, sees himself and his football program as a haven that will instill discipline into those who need it. Others on the Youngstown State campus aren't so sure.
FARGO — It's all of the sudden become hush-hush, this Fargo-Moorhead diversion thing. The governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, said last week the task force that will try to find a path forward on permanent protection against catastrophic flooding will meet in private, without the media present. And this week, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, members of the Diversion Authority and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had a Forum reporter escorted out of a meeting. Other media were banned, too.
Charles Sisney killed his girlfriend in Sioux Falls in 1997, shooting her twice in the head before hiding her body by stuffing it in a plastic container and putting it in a storage shed. He's spending the rest of his life, without possibility of parole, in the South Dakota State Penitentiary.
Terre Haute, Ind. The new-and-improved Indiana State Sycamores look a lot like the old ones, which means the good folks in Terre Haute are asking the same October question they've asked for more than three decades: When does basketball season start?
Shaquille O'Neal didn't answer a question about Donald Trump's tepid response to white supremacists at Charlottesville, nor did he comment on the president's call for NFL owners to fire players for protesting during the national anthem. Shaq wouldn't offer his own opinion on whether athletes should be fired for protesting. The closest thing to a spicy answer the former NBA superstar gave to 15 questions sent to his representatives via e-mail was his belief that professional athletes should be able to take political stances.
Well, this is a sticky wicket. A North Dakota woman being investigated for an adoption scam involving Native American children is the same North Dakota woman who was heralded as a whistleblower for exposing problems with child protection and welfare services on the Spirit Lake Reservation. It's the same North Dakota woman who was invited to Washington, D.C., by Rep. Kevin Cramer to testify before Congress on Native American child welfare issues, after which she harshly criticized then-President Barack Obama and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp for visiting the Standing Rock Reservation.
Fargo RJ Urzendowski is like an old flannel shirt. Comfortable, not flashy, always reliable. Just kind of always there when needed, even if you don't give it a lot of thought. On the run-heavy North Dakota State football team, this is the role receivers often play. And then a game like Saturday happens and Bison football fans remember just how good—and important—the senior from Omaha, Neb., has been to the program for the last four seasons.